New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.

Domestic Violence Legal Help

Domestic Violence Legal Help

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project represents victims in emergency protective order hearings and in divorce and parenting (custody) cases. The issues typically addressed in these cases are the following: restraining orders and emergency relief, parental rights and responsibilities (child custody and visitation), paternity, child support, alimony and property division.

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Public Benefits

Public Benefits

Benefits Project advocates help individuals obtain the assistance they need to stabilize their income and move toward self-sufficiency as possible. Advocates help the disabled obtain Social Security, SSI, and APTD benefits and access to health care through Medicare and Medicaid. The Project also works for improvements in the APTD/Medicaid system.

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Housing Legal Services

Housing Legal Services

NHLA focuses its efforts on a variety of housing issues with its Housing Justice Project.

Housing Justice Project (HJP) attorneys and paralegals promote equal access to housing for NHLA clients by working on preserving their housing. The HJP helps individuals and families who are either currently without shelter or are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The HJP also investigates complaints of discrimination and assists people who are victims of housing discrimination.

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Special Projects

Special Projects

NHLA responds to the emerging needs of clients with new projects and efforts, often in collaboration with other organizations in the state.  Some of these include programs concerning Childrens Dental Health, as well as the Youth Law Project, which works with children and teenagers who are facing delinquency or CHINS petitions.

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Legal Services for Older Adults

Legal Services for Older Adults

The Senior Law Project (SLP) assists our state’s most economically and socially needy seniors with civil legal problems including consumer protection/debt collection, health care, public and private housing, family problems, food stamps, public assistance benefits, utility shut-off, and nursing facility and assisted living/residential care facilities problems.

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Our Mission


During the COVID-19 public health emergency, New Hampshire Legal Assistance is OPEN. We have made some changes to protect the health of our staff and our clients. Staff are generally working from home. We are not answering telephone calls live. Instead, leave a message and we will call you back. We are also not taking walk-in clients at our offices. Instead, please call us or apply for help online at

NHLA's mission is to fulfill America’s promise of equal justice by providing civil legal services to New Hampshire’s poor, including education and empowerment, advice, representation, and advocacy for systemic change.

We offer our clients high-quality civil legal aid to address the legal problems that affect their daily survival and most basic needs. These services range from simple legal information and advice to vigorous and thorough representation in all of New Hampshire's courts and before many of the local, state and federal agencies which play large roles in their lives. In providing legal services to the poor, NHLA helps ensure the legal system provides the fairness and justice that all New Hampshire residents deserve. 

NHLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in the delivery of services.

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Latest News

NHLA Community Guidance for COVID 19 crisis

Posted Jun 29, 2020

First published March 19, 2020
NHLA offices are closed to the public during the COVID19 health crisis, but our staff members are working, representing current clients, evaluating applications for new clients, monitoring the on-going and ever-changing landscape of benefits to help people facin more

Help us improve civil legal aid in New Hampshire

Posted Jun 09, 2020

With a goal of closing the justice gap for the most vulnerable Granite Staters, the Access to Justice Commission is seeking input from service providers who work directly with clients who are over 60, have disabilities, and/or are low-income. This 16-question needs assessment asks about client more

NHLA testimony to the GOFERR Stakeholder Advisory Board, May 7, 2020

Posted May 07, 2020

Click here to read Executive Director Sarah Mattson Dustin's full testimony to the Stakeholder Advisory Board of the Governor's Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery. She spoke about the role that civil legal aid can play in helping people who face eviction, domestic violence or denial of benefit more

NHLA applauds Gov. Sununu's protections for Granite Staters affected by COVID-19

Posted Mar 17, 2020

Some of our state’s most vulnerable households will receive critical protections from the financial impacts of COVID-19 under Gov. Sununu’s executive orders issued this morning.   Landlords are immediately prohibited from evicting tenants unable to pay rent due to their financial situat more

NHLA response to the COVID-19 public health crisis

Posted Mar 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2020 – Concord, NH   For more information: Sarah Palermo, NHLA communications manager   New Hampshire Legal Assistance is committed to protecting the basic rights – as well as the health and safety – of low income more